Washington Post Liberal
May 15, 2012
I’ll bet that most Post journalists voted for Obama. I did. There are centrists at The Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don’t even want to be quoted by name in a memo.
(Emphasis added.) She also noted that after Barack Obama became the nominee in 2008, he received three times as much front-page coverage (in terms of number of articles) as John McCain. In her parting column, she observed, “Too many Post staff members think alike; more diversity of opinion should be welcomed,” and advised, “Make a serious effort to cover political and social conservatives and their issues; the paper tends to shy away from those stories . . . .”
As to the mainstream news media more generally, according to Pew, they have four times as many liberals as conservatives at the national level. In a 2007 Pew survey of people (journalists, producers, editors, and executives) working in the national news media (print and broadcast), 53% identified as moderate, 32% total as liberal (24% “liberal” + 8% “very liberal”), and only 8% total as conservative (6% “conservative” + 2% “very conservative”). These results are fairly similar to those of Pew’s similar surveys in 2004 and 1995. (Source: page 19 (55) of this PDF.)
I suspect that the makeup of the news media is even more skewed than these numbers would indicate. In their world, liberalism is “middle of the road”. It is possible that all of those 53% as well (the “moderates”) are significantly left of center.
For contrast, Pew helpfully explains that
Among the population as a whole, 36% call themselves conservatives — more than triple the percentage of national and internet journalists, and more than double the percentage of local journalists. About four-in-ten (39%) characterize their political views as moderate, while 19% are self-described liberals, based on surveys conducted in 2007 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.